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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What destination have the team of scientists from New Zealand chosen?

2. In the beginning of the screenplay, the narrator warns that "all too often" Art takes Nature and __________.

3. The primitives' religious leader presses a young woman about what matter, eventually beating her?

4. What is the name of the scientists' ship in Ape and Essence?

5. Who decides to drive to Cottonwood Ranch to find William Tallis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

2. What became of the Canterbury and its crew, ultimately?

3. What is Dr. Poole's reasoning for why Belial can never win in his battle against mankind?

4. What restrictions are placed on mating in the primitive community? What happens to those who dare to disobey?

5. Describe Dr. Poole's emotional state of mind after being ravished by the two mulatto girls.

6. Why does the Chief order his gravediggers to bury Dr. Poole?

7. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.

8. How is Dr. Poole able to argue his way out of being buried alive?

9. What is the Arch Vicar's explanation for why his people worship Belial, all the while acknowledging the being's evilness.

10. Describe the moment in which Dr. Poole and Loola discover romantic feelings for one another, rather than lust.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much discussion is centered around the discovery of the truth and the nature of knowledge. What kind of theory of truth/knowledge does the novel put forth? How do the Arch Vicar and Dr. Poole differ about the nature of truth and knowledge? What is the consequence for an absence of truth?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of Science in Ape and Essence? How does science drive the plot? Character motivations? How does Huxley regard the pursuit of Science? Is science a danger as well as a potential boon? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The poetry of Percy Shelley is a crucial element in the novel. Examine the passages of Shelley's poetry engraved on William Tallis' gravestone. What does this poetry mean? Why was it chosen for the tombstone? What overall message should the reader take away from this poetry?

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